CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 4th June
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In today's CMU Daily:
- IFPI call on EU to partner on US's WTO piracy case against China
- Sharpton's clean up hip hop campaign visits Motown
- Tribute band laws reach Nevada
- Tony Thompson dies
- Macca left EMI because their "jaded view" bored him
- Jackson memorabilia sold
- Marr has no interest in Smiths reformation
- Jack White gets angry on air
- REM, Bowie, Iggy Pop on Cobain film soundtrack
- Marc Almond returns with covers album
- New Arctic Monkeys
- George Michael Prague show cancelled
- Copeland on the reformed Police's second big show
- Oasis film to be screened at Glasto
- Smashing Pumpkins UK date
- V2 launch music business course bursary
- Microsoft to launch new cross platform music promotion
- Not a million Zunes sold
- Apple encourage some foreign exchange
- More labels enter The Orchard
- Fuller looking to take over CKX
- BBC trust approve move north
- Chart update
- Total Rock world album chart
- Subshot playlist
- This week's Student Radio Chart
- Lily says she's an alcoholic
- More Sgt Pepper stuff
- Aristocrat may leave estate to Fray frontman
- Iggy Pop to voice cartoon
- Liberty X split because they're not cool
- Jessica-babble, anyone?


Now, I don't want to jump to any conclusions, because we're not conclusion jumpers round here, oh no, but I have a feeling the record industry might be about to score another own goal by turning the hugely popular decision to make music available without DRM into a negative story. By record industry I mean EMI, of course, given that the other majors are still dithering about all things DRM and are, for the time being at least, still insisting that the digital music they sell be sold in a format that pisses everyone off. EMI are to be congratulated, of course, for leading the way on this one (and I believe they've already been congratulated here in the Daily), though as techy types look into the small print of the "no-DRM" announcement, what should have been the easiest announcement to PR in the history of digital music may be about the deliver its own PR challenges.

The problem is that EMI's DRM free music is, at launch, only available via iTunes Plus, the new strand in the iTunes Music Store which makes EMI music available without DRM (and in a higher audio quality) for an extra twenty pennies per track. As previously reported, iTunes Plus launched last week, and needless to say, the aforementioned techy types have been inspecting exactly how the new service works. As we already knew, iTunes Plus does not sell music in the universally playable MP3 format, but in the same AAC format as standard iTunes tracks, just without the Fairplay DRM that limits how and where the music can be shared or consumed. And inside that AAC file you will find the name and email address of the consumer who bought it - possibly to stop people uploading those files to P2P networks (ie if you share this track illegally, we'll know who you are and where you live).

The problem is - aside from suggesting that perhaps even the renaissance label execs at EMI are still to shake off the pointless P2P paranoia - some techy people are saying that including personal information in unencrypted tracks has all kinds of privacy implications. The same information is included in all tracks sold by iTunes but, organisations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation argue, it is hard to access that information when the AAC file is encrypted with Fairplay DRM, but much easier when it is not. Meaning that if viruses can get into a user's iTunes folder, it can easily access their name and email address.

I am being careful not to jump to conclusions because much of the discussion on this topic has so far been confined to techy websites and Apple are yet to respond. Moreover, even if there are technical shortcomings in iTunes Plus, it would be unfair to lay any blame for that at EMI's door, especially as the major is planning on making music available as MP3 via other download stores in the coming months. Whether they will insist that those MP3s carry identifying personal information (which I believe MP3s now can) I don't know. But either way, both Apple and EMI need to be careful - if the DRM-free music they are promising is not genuinely DRM-free, and that includes personal information free, then what was a golden PR opportunity might blow up in their faces.



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If I'm being honest, I was prompted to tip The Nextmen for MSOTD pretty much exclusively by the brilliant bit of moving artwork at the top of their MySpace page which caught my eye as I did a bit of MySpace surfing this weekend - big up whoever created that. But today is a good day to tip these long term CMU favourites, because the North London duo have a brand new single out today, preceding the release of their third studio album, their first in three years, which is out next Monday. The album is called 'This Was Supposed To Be The Future', and the single is a double a-side featuring two tracks off it - 'Concentrate' and 'Let It Roll'. The latter is available for a previewing here on the MySpace, as is a clever little five minute preview of the whole album, in which Nextmen Dom and Brad give you snippet listens of most of the tracks off the album. And if all that gets you excited about the Nextmen's new material, then perhaps you should blag your way into one of the album launches taking place this week (one in London, one in Bristol), both of which are listed here alongside a stack of other live shows.


Now, there's a catchy headline. Yes, the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry has called on the European Union to partner on a US led World Trade Organisation case which calls on the Chinese government to tackle their country's continuing content piracy problems better. The IFPI has made its statement following the publication last week of European Commission figures which reveal that 93% of all pirated CDs and DVDs seized by European customs officials originated from China.

IFPI Regional Director for Europe Frances Moore told reporters: "These statistics underscore the urgent need for the EU to step up pressure on China before the WTO. China is producing and exporting millions of pirate products around the world. This has to stop".

The EU joined the consultation stage of the US's WTO content piracy case against China as a 'third party' at the end of April, but the IFPI wants them to become a co-complainant with America, which they reckon would pile additional pressure on Beijing officials to properly tackle their weak copyright protection and enforcement systems.

The EC figures said that China now accounts for 93% of seized CDs and DVDs, up from 51% in 2005. The increase in percentage is most likely due to crackdowns on black market CD and DVD manufacturers in Eastern Europe, though the figures may also have been slightly swayed because the amount of discs seized overall by European customs officials is up considerably, up by 139% on last year.


Rev Al Sharpton took his previously reported campaign against racist and sexist language in hip hop to Detroit this weekend. Speaking outside the city's Motown Historical Museum he told reporters: "The 1960s were the Motown sound and James Brown. But they did not call us the 'N' word and they did not degrade women".

Sharpton's campaign will continue in the city until the National Association For The Advancement of Colored People hold a convention there in July, where organisers plan to stage a 'mock funeral' for the aforementioned 'N word'. As part of their campaign, those in favour of more self-censorship in hip hop will collect bars of soap. I'm not sure what they intend to do with the soap in the short term (create a big 'no to the N word' mountain of soap, I guess), though long term all soap collected will be donated to "shelters and halfway houses for women" (so, no rappers will actually be washing their mouths out with soap and water).

As previously reported, the latest onslaught against the use of words like 'nigga' and 'ho' in hop hop follows the controversial way the entirely un-hip hop Don Imus described the Rutgers University women's basketball team. After Imus suffered a backlash for his seemingly racist and sexist throw away remark, media attention focused on the use of similar words within the black community through the hip hop genre. Although it was Def Jam founder and Hip-Hop Summit Action Network chief Russell Simmons who initially called for a re-evaluation of the kinds of words considered acceptable in the hip hop fraternity, it is Sharpton who has led the campaign against racist and sexist words in the genre. He has focused much of his attention on the major record companies and mainstream music TV channels who, he claims, are profiting from racist and sexist music.


Musicians in the US lobbying for new laws to stop tribute bands masquerading as originals have welcomed new rules to that effect in Nevada because that, of course, will cover bands performing in Las Vegas, one of the US' live entertainment capitals.

As previously reported, founding members of a number of legendary bands, and in particular Mary Wilson of The Supremes, have been lobbying state by state for new laws that stop tribute bands from implying they are in some way the original band, or connected to the original band, through their name and marketing material. New laws introduced in Illinois last year set a framework for such rules, and a number of states are now moving to introduce them.

In Nevada bands will have to clearly label themselves as a "tribute act" unless they have at least one member who once performed in the original act. If bands make false claims they will be guilty of "deceptive trading practices" under the new laws.

When lobbying for the new laws in Missouri, Wilson said: "They [the misleading tribute bands] are taking our history, they're taking our legacies. We have given America and the world many hours of happiness. We are American national treasures. We want to get the impostor groups out of the way".

Maxine Porter, who manages Bill Pinkney, one of the original members of The Drifters (a group who have had many legitimate-name-claim issues over the years), who now runs and performs in a group called the Original Drifters, is also a keen supporter of the new laws. Welcoming the new Nevada laws she told reporters last week: "In a town like [Las Vegas], where you have a constant flow of tourists, this is a place where people expect to have authenticity. You don't need to see the Drifters advertised on three different marquees". She added that she now hopes to see the new laws introduced in twenty US states by the end of the year.


Tony Thompson of US r&b boyband Hi-Five has died at the age of 31 from a suspected drugs overdose. The singer passed away in his home town of Waco in Texas, where, according to reports, he was found unconscious outside an apartment complex.

Hi-Five signed to Jive Records back in 1990 and subsequently achieved a string of top five US hits. The group split in 1994, and Thompson went on to release a solo album the following year. It was to be his only solo album. He attempted to reform Hi-Five in 2005 with a different line-up that included his younger brother Jordan, and although they released an album in 2006 it met with little success. He was known to be working on new material at the time of his death.


Paul McCartney has been talking about his decision to release his next album, 'Memory Almost Full', with Starbucks' recently stepped up music operation Hear Music rather than his label of 43 years, EMI's Parlophone. He says he left the major because he felt the people there were faltering in the digital era.

Macca told reporters: "I was bored with the old record company's jaded view. They're very confused, and they will admit it themselves - that this is a new world, and they're a little bit at a loss as to what to do. So they've got millions of dollars and X budget for them to come up with boring ways - because they've been at it for so long - to what they call 'market' it. And I find that all a bit disturbing. I write it, I play it, I record it, and that's all fun. And you go to the record company, and it gets very boring. You sit around in rooms with people, and you're almost falling asleep and they're almost falling asleep".

In not really all that related news, Macca has also been talking about Big Brother, and he was even less complimentary about that than he was about his former label. Asked about the uber reality show on its return to Channel 4, he told Xfm's breakfast show: "I studiously avoid Big Brother. I avoid it. I'm against the celebration of mediocrity. I'm sorry about that world because I know everyone loves it and loves to watch mediocre people. I just don't like all that stuff I'm afraid. It's really boring. I'd rather go round and see someone rather than sit in the corner and watch them".

Not that we're covering Big Brother here in the CMU Daily, it being a "celebration of mediocrity" and all, but we thought we might mention that the first male entered the otherwise female filled Big Brother house over the weekend, which is only vaguely related to pop news because said male, Zak 'Ziggy' Lichman, used to be in boy band Northern Line. Who were sort of a pop group, if I remember rightly.


A collection of Jackson family memorabilia totalling more than a thousand items has sold at auction for around £1million. As previously reported, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson originally began legal action to prevent the sale from taking place, but the matter was ultimately resolved amicably. The sellers, Universal Express Inc, apparently acquired the collection from a storage company, who sold on the items, reportedly due to the fact that The Jacksons had failed to settle outstanding bills.

The auction took place over two days, and saw the sale of lots such as a black military style coat belonging to Michael Jackson, which sold for $24k, his MTV music award for 'We Are The World', which fetched $16k, and a 1984 telegram sent to Jacko by the late Marlon Brando.

According to the agreement reached between Universal Express and Michael Jackson, some of the proceeds will go to charity. The company's CEO Richard Altomare, said "We are thrilled with the results of this initial auction. But most importantly, I am excited for the children's charities that will be benefiting from the outcome, and feel proud that we could help these vital organisations."

The company paid $5million for the entire collection, the majority of which remains in storage. A second auction date will be announced soon.


Shocker, this one. The lovely Johnny Marr has said that he has no interest in reforming The Smiths, no, not even for tonnes of cash.

The guitarist says: "The Smiths have been offered quite a bit of money to get back together a couple of times. With those sums of money, I'm not at all rich enough to turn those down, but I wouldn't accept those offers either. You don't do it for the money - well, I wouldn't anyway. No amount of money would get me to play with people who don't get along".

As previously reported, Marr joined Modest Mouse for work on their seventh album 'We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank', and he's now apparently a full time member. "I kind of get invited to participate in some band of some sort - and sometimes I like that offer, and sometimes I don't", he says. "When I do, it's because I'm being led by the music first."


Jack White phoned a US radio station last week and berated the DJ because she played loads of tracks from the new White Stripes album 'Icky Thump' without label permission.

Describing the incident, the DJ, Electra from Chicago's Q101 station, wrote on her blog: "At 2pm today, during my show Q101 became the first station in the world to play the new White Stripes album 'Icky Thump'. At 4pm today Jack White called Q101's main offices from Spain where they're touring, looking specifically for me, to yell at me for leaking the album and, in part, being 'messed up for the entire [music] business'. I felt like I was going to throw up. Weirdest, most surreal conversation of my life".

She continued: "Jack asked me to take responsibility for leaking the record, and asked if I was sorry for what I'd done. We tried to explain where we were coming from - someone gave us a copy of a record that we were really excited to play, and the whole experience was an hour-long love-fest for him and his band - but he wasn't having it. He hung up, very, very angry, and I thought I was going to cry".

'Icky Thump' is out soon anyway. So White should probably calm down a bit, it was bound to be leaked sooner or later.


Tracks by the likes or REM, David Bowie and Iggy Pop are set to appear on the soundtrack for that previously reported Kurt Cobain documentary which tells the story of the late Nirvana frontman in his own words, from audiotapes recorded by Michael Azzerad for his book 'Come As You Are'.

Some audio clips of Cobain Speaking will be combined with the songs on the soundtrack, which will be released in September. The tracklisting is as follows:

Steve Fisk And Ben Gibbard - Overture
Arlo Guthrie - Motorcycle Song
Melvins - Eye Flys
Bad Brains - Banned In DC
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Up Around The Bend
Half Japanese - Put Some Sugar On It
The Vaselines - Son Of A Gun
Butthole Surfers - Graveyard
Scratch Acid - Owner's Lament
Mudhoney - Touch Me I'm Sick
Iggy Pop - The Passenger
Leadbelly - The Borgeois Blues
REM - New Orleans Instrumental No 1
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World
Mark Lanegan - Museum
Ben Gibbard - Indian Summer


Marc Almond returns with a new covers album today, which features songs from the last fifty years that have influenced the Soft Cell frontman. The album marks Almond's return to the recorded music arena after that horrific motorcycle accident back in late 2004 that nearly killed him. Guests on the album include St Etienne's Sarah Cracknell and Antony Hegarty (he of 'and the Johnsons'). The tracklisting of the album, called 'Stardom Road', is as follows:

I Have Lived
I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten (featuring Sarah Cracknell)
Bedsitter Images
The London Boys
Strangers In The Night
The Ballad Of The Sad Young Men (featuring Antony Hegarty)
Stardom Road
Backstage (I'm Lonely)
Dream Lover
Happy Heart
Redeem Me (Beauty Will Redeem The World)
The Curtain Falls


The second single to come off Arctic Monkeys' 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' will be 'Fluorescent Adolescent', which will be released on 9 Jul. It will be accompanied by a video directed by Richard Ayoade (he of The IT Crowd and Nathan Barley) and starring Stephen 'Scummy Man' Graham and a rather scary bunch of clowns, or so we're told. As always, it will be available in various formats, the tracklistings of which will be as follows:

CD Single
Fluorescent Adolescent
The Bakery
Plastic Tramp
Too Much To Ask

Fluorescent Adolescent
The Bakery

Fluorescent Adolescent
The Bakery
Plastic Tramp
Too Much To Ask


A Prague date on George Michael's current European tour had to be cancelled this weekend, though it had nothing to do with drugs charges, court dates and possible custodial sentences. Rather, one of the trucks carrying kit to the show was involved in an accident. A Czech newspaper quoted concert promoter Petr Novak, who said the crash happened as the truck traveled through Romania, adding: "Unfortunately a large part of the special podium remained trapped in the truck and it was not possible to replace it". No details on the specifics of the accident or when the concert will be rescheduled were given.


So, how has the much hyped The Police reunion tour been going? Well, let's ask the band's drummer, Stewart Copeland, who wrote about it on his website last week, shortly after the reformed band's second show in Vancouver. "This is unbelievably lame," Copeland said of Wednesday's show, "we are the mighty Police and we are totally at sea".

Describing the concert, he reported that he tripped as he walked onto the stage and then banged his gong at the wrong time so that "the big pompous opening to the show is a damp squib". Then, he says, he missed bandmate Andy Summers' opening riff to 'Message In A Bottle', and Sting misheard his drum intro, so that "we are half a bar out of sync with each other. Andy is in Idaho".

They recovered but, Copeland says, Sting then got his footwork wrong as he jumped into the air at the end of 'Synchronicity II' so that "The mighty Sting momentarily looks like a petulant pansy instead of the god of rock. And so it goes, for song after song".

However, for those of you with tickets to upcoming reunion shows, the good news is Copeland seems to be putting the cock ups down to "just a bad show" rather than fundamental flaws in the reunited band's show, and he adds that the mistakes haven't led to any tensions between bandmates, as they might have done in the past. He says: "It usually takes about four or five shows in a tour before you get to the disaster gig. But we're the Police so we are a little ahead of schedule", while adding that after the show the three bandmates fell into hysterics, concluding: "Screw it, it's only music. What are you gonna do? But maybe it's time to get out of Vancouver".


The full length version of Oasis' debut rockumentary 'Lord Don't Slow Me Down', is set to get its first UK screening at this year's Glastonbury Festival. The film was previously shown at CMJ in New York back in November, and a cut version - forty minutes or so out of the full 95 minute version - was shown on Channel 4, also in November.

The film, which follows the band on their 'Don't Believe The Truth' tour will be screened at 2am on the Sunday of the event on a huge cinema screen. It's to be released on DVD later in the year.


The newly reformed Smashing Pumpkins have announced a one off UK date at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on 19 Jun. It'll be their only UK engagement before their comeback album. 'Zeitgeist' is released here on 9 Jul.


V2 have announced an initiative being launched as part of their tenth anniversary celebrations which will see them fund a student studying on the MA Music Business Management programme at Westminster University's new and previously reported Westminster Centre Of Commercial Music. The new bursary scheme will see the indie label fund one student's tuition fees as well as making a five grand living allowance available. I think the idea is that someone who has already embarked on a career in music gets the bursary - either taking a sabbatical year to work for the MA, or studying for the degree part time.

Confirming the new programme, V2 Business Development And Digital Media Director Beth Appleton told CMU: "V2's 10th anniversary is focusing on giving something back to the independent sector. The passion and professionalism of individuals that work in the music industry is a key part of the business and at V2 we have sought to involve ourselves with the music executives of the future and give them an insight into the business. Presenting a series of lectures to Westminster University was thoroughly rewarding and to continue this partnership, we are very proud to be providing a scholarship to invest in a key educational programme for the UK music business".

Sally Gross, Director of the college's MA programme, added: "Over the last ten years the music industry in the UK has been making a concerted effort to up the anti in terms of professional standards, and the creation of the MMF and AIM training courses were exactly the kind of positive steps the industry needed. At Westminster we have taken it one step further by developing a masters programme specifically for music industry professionals. Our aim is to produce industry leaders who can operate at the highest level across the ever changing music entertainment panorama".

If you are interested in applying, contact Applications for the bursary need to be in by 31 Jul.


According to Billboard, Microsoft US will today launch a new initiative designed to promote emerging music talent across its entire digital network - including MSN, Xbox Live and the Zune Marketplace.

The first act to be promoted by the programme, to be called Ignition, will be those Maximo Park fellas. A track from the band will be made available for free download via the Zune Marketplace, while a video will be available for streaming via MSN and for free download via Xbox Live. Exclusive 'behind the album' content will also be made available via a bespoke microsite on the Zune service, plus 'online listening parties' of the band's current album will be staged on MSN Music.

The bespoke and exclusive content is seemingly a key part of the programme as far as Microsoft is concerned. Billboard quote Microsoft's Director Of Music Marketing, Christina Calio, as saying: "We don't want the same thing that is going out on MTV".

The new programme does not replace existing artist based promotions run on Microsoft's various platforms, but it is reportedly designed to be the company's "flagship" music offering. And with over 30 million regular users using MSN, Xbox and Zune, it is easy to see why labels will want to participate.


Talking of Microsoft, clarification is due on the recent story that we published reporting that the IT firm had shifted over a million of its Zune players, ahead of schedule. It seems that confirmation that over a million of the players had been sold came from a misquote of Robbie Bach, Microsoft's President Of Entertainment And Devices, in the San Francisco Chronicle I think. He was quoted as saying: "We're still about nine months into having Zune in the marketplace. We're very pleased with the progress. We've sold a little over a million Zunes". But it seems that what Bach actually said was: "When we finish our fiscal year in June, we'll have sold a little over a million Zunes" - so, not over a million just yet. Microsoft exec Cesar Menendez clarified things on his Zune Insider blog last week, writing: "So for the record, we haven't made any official announcements on our sales numbers. We are on track, though, to sell one million devices before the end of the fiscal year on June 30".


This sounds like fun. Billboard are reporting that Apple are launching a new original content programme within the iTunes Music Store designed to promote foreign language music around the world. Called Foreign Exchange, basically they will recruit two artists from different countries and get them to translate and cover each other's music into their native tongues, if that makes sense. The programme will launch with an exchange of songs between +44 (the new band of Blink 182's Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, of course, who last time I looked sang in English) and Wir Sind Helden (a German band who sing in German, I assume). The former will record a version of the latter's 'Guten Tag', while the latter will cover the former's 'When Your Heart Stops Beating', in their native tongues. Both the covers and the other language originals will be made available. Talking up the programme, Hoppus told reporters: "The idea is exposing people to bands they may not listen to. In America, we don't really listen to music in other languages. I think it's a cool idea to get people to open their ears to music from different parts of the world".


Indie digital aggregator types The Orchard have just announced deals with a few more indie labels - legendary Danish DJ Kenneth Bager's genre defying Music For Dreams label; New York's home to underground hip hop, Babygrande; acclaimed US dance labels Trax Records and Star 69; and Kemistree & Fizzicks, the new label formed by former So Solid Crew members, Oxide and Neutrino. The label descriptions I used there came straight out of The Orchard's press release, but I'm sure they are all spot on.

Announcing the new signings, The Orchard chief Greg Scholl told CMU: "These latest label signings are among the most innovative of their genres. They have buzz, are entrepreneurial, and have great track records of artistic and commercial success. We look forward to serving as their digital marketing partner and finding new and creative ways to expand the audiences for their records, and make them money".


Pop mogul Simon Fuller is looking to buy the company that bought his company, if that makes sense. That is to say, he's one half of a business partnership that is hoping to buy out US entertainment firm CKX, which bought Fuller's 19 Entertainment business back in 2005. The other half of the partnership is Robert Sillerman, who is CKX's founder and biggest shareholder, so it's a double act quite likely to succeed in its attempt to take the company into private ownership. In a joint statement, Fuller and Sillerman said they, and "certain other members of management", had proposed to the entertainment giant's board to "enter into a complex series of transactions which would include a cash purchase of the company's outstanding common stock at a price of $13.75 per share". Insiders say that should the buy out proposal be successful Fuller, who still runs 19 and has a seat on the CKX board, would take over the top job at the parent company.


The BBC's much reported plans to move big chunks of their operations from London to a new media centre in Salford, Manchester have been given the approval of the Corporation's governing body, the BBC Trust. The approval means five BBC divisions, including Future Media & Technology and Radio Five Live, will move North in 2011. The Beeb has also agreed terms with the company who will develop its new Manchester HQ - Peer Holdings - who will start work on the construction of what will be known by the trendy name of mediacity:uk in September. Let's hope all lower case and colons for spaces is still trendy in 2011.


So, Rhianna and Jay-Z are still at number one and Beyonce and Shakira are still at number three in the UK singles chart, but we do have a new number two, with former Sugababe Mutya Buena's debut solo release 'Real Girl' moving up to two now that physical CD sales are taken into the mix. Elsewhere in the top ten, the still buzzy The Twang move up to 8 on the back of physical single sales, while the still
buzzy buzzy Calvin Harris goes straight in at 9 with 'The Girls'.

Other new entries this week come from MIMS with 'This Is Why I'm Hot' at 18, Marilyn Manson with 'Heart-Shaped Glasses' at 19, Armand Van Helden with 'NYC Beat' at 22, Kim Sozzi with 'Break Up' at 23, those Zimmers doing the 'My Generation' thing at 26, Enrique Iglesias with 'Do You Know (The Ping Pong Song)' at 28, Tiny Dancers with 'Hannah We Know' at 33 and Simply Red with 'Stay' at 36.

Albums wise, no change at the top with Maroon 5 still top and Linkin Park still second, but well done to those Pigeon Detectives for going straight in at three with 'Wait For Me'. Other new entries this week from R Kelly at 10 with 'Double Up', Josh Groban at 12 with 'Awake', Jeff Buckley at 16 with 'So Real', Chris Cornell at 25 with 'Carry On' and Richard Thompson at 39 with 'Sweet Warrior'.


It's the Total Rock World Album Chart, as counted down on Total Rock over the weekend - New entries and re-entries marked with a *.

1. Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight (Warner Bros)
2. Megadeth - United Abominations (Warner/Roadrunner)
3. Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero (Universal/Island)
4. Rush - Snakes & Arrows (Warner/Atlantic)
5. Fall Out Boy - Infinity On High (Universal/Island)
6. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium (Warner Bros)
7. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Warner/Roadrunner)
8. Hinder - Extreme Behavior (Republic)
9. Buckcherry - 15 (Warner/Eleven Seven Music)
10. Good Charlotte - Good Morning Revival (SonyBMG/Epic)
11. Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory (Warner Bros)*
12. 30 Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Life (EMI/Virgin)
13. My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade (Warner Bros.)
14. Funeral For A Friend - Tales Don't Tell Themselves (Warner/Atlantic)*
15. Billy Talent - Billy Talent II (Warner/Atlantic)
16. The Used - Lies For The Liars (Warner Bros)*
17. Ozzy Osbourne - Black Rain (SonyBMG/Epic)*
18. Job For A Cowboy - Genesis (Metal Blade)*
19. Evanescence - The Open Door (SonyBMG)
20. Dimmu Borgir - In Sorte Diaboli (Nuclear Blast)


It's the Subshot playlist, the videos appearing on the SUBtv network of screens in students' union bars this week. New entries marked with a *.

Air Traffic - Shooting Star (EMI/Tiny Consumer)
Calvin Harris - The Girls (SonyBMG/Columbia)
The Chemical Brothers - Do It Again (EMI/Freestyle Dust)
The Enemy - Had Enough (Warner)
Enter Shikari - Jonny Sniper (Ambush Reality)*
Example - I Don't Want To (The Beats)
The Holloways - Generator (TVT)
Justice - Dance (Because)
Kelly Rowland feat. Eve - Like This (SonyBMG)
Los Campesinos! - You! Me! Dancing! (Wichita)
Maximo Park - Books From Boxes (Warp)
New Young Pony Club - Ice Cream (Modular)
Paramore - Misery Business (Fueled By Ramen)*
Reverend and The Makers - Heavyweight Champion of the World (Wall Of Sound)
The Rumble Strips - Motorcycle (Fallout)

Annuals - Brother (EMI/Virgin)
Ash - Polaris (Warner/Infectious)
Blood Red Shoes - It's Getting Boring By The Sea (V2)
Charlotte Hatherley - Siberia (Little Sister)
Don Diablo - Blow (Gusto)*
Fields - Song For The Fields (Warner/Atlantic)*
Ghosts - The World Is Outside (Warner/Atlantic)
Good Shoes - Morden (Brille)
The Go! Team - Grip Like A Vice (Memphis Industries)
The Horrors - She Is The New Thing (Universal/Polydor)*
The Hoxtons - Gonna Make You A Star (Gut)
Marilyn Manson - Heart Shaped Glasses (Universal/Polydor)*
Queens Of The Stone Age - Sick Sick Sick (Universal/Interscope)*
Scouting For Girls - It's Not About You (SonyBMG/Epic)
Super Mal - Bigger Than Big (Universal/UMTV)*
Unklejam - What Am I Fighting For? (EMI/Virgin)


The Student Radio Chart returns - hurrah! The most played tracks on college radio this week, as compiled by the Student Radio Association. More info from

1. [1] White Stripes - Icky Thump
2. [8] Chemical Brothers - Do It Again
3. [2] Maroon 5 - Makes Me Wonder
4. [7] Arcade Fire - Intervention
5. [21] Hello Goodbye - Here In Your Arms
6. [6] Manic Street Preachers - Your Love Is Not Enough
7. [NE] The Fratellis - Ole Black 'N' Blue Eyes
8. [8] Snow Patrol - Signal Fire
9. [9] Pigeon Detectives - I'm Not Sorry
10. [3] Maximo Park - Books From Boxes
11. [4] Artic Monkeys - Brianstorm
12. [5] Editors - Smokers Outside Hospital Doors
13. [10] Funeral For A Friend - Into Oblivion
14. [14] Rihanna - Umbrella
15. [NE] Interpol - Heinrich Maneuver
16. [12] Mutya Bueno - Real Girl
17. [15] Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Hump De Hump
18. [NE] Mumm-Ra - She's Got You High
19. [22] Biffy Clyro - Living is a Problem (Because Everything Dies)
20. [RE] Beyonce Knowles - Beautiful Liar
21. [NE] Queens Of The Stoneage - 3's & 7's
22. [28] The Twang - Either Way
23. [24] Lcd Soundsystem - All My Friends
24. [13] Gossip - Listen Up
25. [RE] CSS - Lets Make Love and Listen to Death from Above
26. [NE] Paramore - Misery Business
27. [RE] Good Shoes - Morden
28. [16] Groove Armada - Get Down
29. [30] Reverend & The Makers - Heavyweight Champ of the World
30. [23] The Cribs - Man's Needs


I bet she's not, though. I bet she's just been having a few too many. This is the news that Lily Allen has confessed to becoming overly dependent on the booze, and that she's turning to work to distract her from her addiction.

The singer says: "I'm an alcoholic now. It's not good and that's why I want to get back into the studio. I've actually pulled myself aside and said it will kill me if I keep it up. I've got to stop abusing myself because as far as I'm concerned every loon hates me now."

Her dad Keith has been jumping to her defence, meanwhile, over criticism of her recent homesickness and emotional bloggy outbursts. The actor says: "She felt down about going on tour in the US and has been alone on the road. That's very hard. The fans think it is a wonderful life when it's actually monumentally dull and spirit-breaking."


More fortieth anniversary inspired Sgt Pepper stuff now. The chaps from The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool say they're on the look out for real life Sgt Peppers, which I presume means people who are sergeants and whose real surname is Pepper. The museum's MD Jerry Goldman says: "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is probably the Beatles' most famous album and it's only right we continue to celebrate the huge impact its release made on the world of music".


An eccentric aristocrat without an heir may leave his £7m country estate to the lead singer of US rock band The Fray. Sir Benjamin Slade's search for an heir, made into a documentary for the Discovery Channel, led to 15,000 applications from people sharing his surname the world over. But it's The Fray's Isaac Slade who seems to be emerging as a frontrunner. "He is my new best friend," says Sir Benjamin Slade. "Isaac is definitely one of the hot contenders. It is looking good".

The sixty year old baronet, whose Maunsel House estate boasts nine bedrooms, a ballroom, library, bar, a herd of 430 cattle, 13 peacocks, four dogs and six pigs, explained: "We would put (the estate) in a trust. That is the only way to protect these assets. I would not be selling it to him. We want an heir for this place who would take it on and look after it".

Slade clearly approves of the young singer, who doesn't appear to be living any kind of dissolute rock n roll lifestyle. "He is in a Christian band" he says. "He learned his music playing in church for years. He doesn't take drugs and is in bed by 9.30. He doesn't smoke and he doesn't drink much. He seems to be a very focused young man and wants to have lots of children. We will get the genealogists working on it to see how closely related we are. I would love to hand it over".


Iggy Pop has lent his voice to a new cartoon in which members of the US government are portrayed as little kids. He plays Secretary of Defence Lil Rummy in the animation, 'Lil Bush'. I'm presuming this is a satire of some kind. Other musicians set to guest in the series include Frank Black and Dave Grohl.


Liberty X's Michelle Heaton has implied to The Daily Star that the reason for the band's split was that they just weren't cool enough anymore. The singer says: "There isn't a place for our music any more. When we first started it was a proper pop era with Smash Hits. But pop's cool now, with people like Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse. Our fans are six years older and things change. There's no one reason and it's not down to any one person. It was definitely a group decision".


Jessica Simpson has posted an interesting message on her fansite, and frankly, it's babble-icious. I'll just copy it to here. For you to read. If you so wish.

"I visited many museums, and have been reading about different artists. I have also been writing a lot in my journal recently. I was reading a book about Michelangelo and there were 2 quotes that caught my attention - 'I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.' - Michelangelo. 'Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.' Sometimes we are all so afraid to be honest with ourselves because we know that honesty will lead us somewhere off the path of the life we've mapped out in our minds. Today, I challenge us to ask ourselves this... What if we allow our fear to provoke us into action? Can facing our fear be what walks us to somewhere better? I do not have your answers, but in the quest to find my own, I've discovered somewhere worth travelling to... In my life, I ignore my fears too often, but then I'm left with nothing to challenge the best of me. I just remain cowering from my true identity. There is no discovery".

Gosh. Isn't she just so deep?

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